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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale

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9,880 Ratings
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Ratings: 9,880
Reviews: 2,855
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 204
Gots: 1,700 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-05-2001

Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

37 IBU
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Ratings: 9,880 | Reviews: 2,855
Photo of claspada
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is initially piney and floral hops with a slight citrus; a little pale and biscuity malt as well.

The taste begins with light breadiness, a hint of sweetness but gently dominated by the floral and piney hops. Lesser amounts of grapefruit bitterness with a hint of complex, ripe fruit left over in the finish. A pleasant bitterness and not too dry. Full almost chewy.

The mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. Slight stickiness on the lips. Overall it's good but not what I would consider the be all and end all for APAs. I prefer Great Lakes Burning River and Deschutes Mirror Pond.

Photo of Hopstamon
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big ups to the beer that introduced me to "real beer" as opposed to commercial rice beers that I was drinking in college.
"Fatty Sierra Nevada's...$2"... said the guy with a cooler perched on top of his skateboard...cruising the parking lot at a Dead show. I bought one...then another... it became a standard for what my tastebuds truly enjoyed.
Hops... It is crisp and refreshing.

I don't buy this as often as I used to, but always try and have some in the fridge.
Highly recommended for anyone trying to break into IPA's. The world of Cascade goodness...

Photo of gatornation
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice light copper color with a good head and lacing ,,just right for a pale ale ..the smell is a hop/malt battle with malts at a slight edge..but ok/ good.. the taste is floral.citrus spice, grass .and hops,with sweet malt its all there but at a minimal level not a wow! pale ale just a quality brew not an over the top pale ale..the mouthfell is good its easy to drink and tasty..it tends to lean on the sweet malts to much and could use a tad more hops... but still a great macro cant go wrong pale ale and recommended

Photo of daveosf
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Indybeer
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured a golden amber color with a good head, that stuck around, leaving some lacing on the glass. Aroma is all hops, with maybe a hint of malt. The taste is malty and hoppy. Very smooth mouthfeel, and well balanced. I tried this beer once before quite a while ago, and didn't care for it. But after all this sampling, and being educated on good beers, I find that this is very enjoyable.

Photo of RoBotGod
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the classic pale ales in my mind. Its almost a text book example of what a pale should be. The body is great with a good pale and amber malt. The citrus is right in the middle but not over powering. The hops take over in the end to give it an over all great fresh taste to it. The beer taste very fresh and is great in the summer time.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. On tap into a pint glass. Copper in color with a bit of lace.

S. Floral hoppage and some malts in the distance.

T. A good grassy hopping of some caramel malt. A bit of floral hops. Biscuity malt. Balanced well and nothing out of place.

M. Medium bodied and crisp. Ample amount of carbonation. Finishes slightly dry.

D. A nice pale ale. Pretty much the definition of the style. Solid and a worthy of a staple.

Photo of LazyL
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an appealing amber/orange with a fluffy white head. Not alot of hop on the nose but a nice malty ale with a slightly bitter finish. The bitter level on the mouthfeel is good and makes this beer. The hops were used as a bittering agent here and I dont offer much on the nose or taste. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness making this a nice beer for the style and good for a couple cold ones.

Photo of ndekke39
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this from a 12 oz. bottle with no bottling date. On a hard pour it has a nice white head. Clear golden-yellow color. Great retention. Soft aromas and tastes of lightly toasted malt and honey. Finishes cleanly with a brush of the hops. Tastes travel well. Light-bodied mouthfeel. Continuous carbonation adds to the head, although it doesn't bite the tongue. Not the most powerful flavors, but a well-balanced session beer. Great example of a Pale Ale!

Photo of harrymel
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: 106310724; March 4, 2011

A: Pours a golden orange ale with brilliant clarity. Less than single finger of fine white foam falls to a medium sheet of the same. Spotty, but persistent lacing.

S: At two months old, the beer isn't nearly as nice smelling. I will give it a bit of leeway provided they at least give me a date (albeit annoyingly written), and allow for some deterioration. The beer is predominately malts at this point. Fairly sweet, with some piney hops in there still.

T: Sweet malts win this profile. Actually a hint of corn on this one. This has been a unique SNPA in my experience. Immediately reminds me of cap'n crunch (weird). I recall this beer having a bit more bite, and a little more bitter on the back end.

M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A bit slicking on the palate.

O: This has always been a fantastic and historic beer, dunno why, but this one is a little off. Will admit to inflating the scores a hare based on my previous experiences with the beer.

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden honey amber into my DFH head signature glass. Nice creamy head that fades and leaves a decent amount of sticky lacing. Nice carbonation.

S- Nice hoppy bite! Decent citrus and pine upfront, but a nice malty backbone that holds everything together. Grassy, clean and fresh flavor. A really nice change of pace from all the IIPA's I've been drinking lately.

T- Nice citrus punch without being overly so. Nice piney, grassiness that's nicely balanced by the malty sweetness. Really well balanced. This could be a fantastic APA to keep in the fridge at all times.

M- Nothing overly impressive here, but nothing to say anything bad about either. Citrusy, piney and sweet. Nice blend between bitter and sweet.

O- I haven't had one of these in years... but damn I missed it!!! A seriously fine APA!!!

Photo of Gbgbrouge
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle, hazy pale amber with medium head. Aroma with notes of caramel, hay, citrus and some pine. Taste is mildly bitter, well balanced with a medium malt body and some bitterness in the rather long after taste.

Photo of mjw06
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden color with a light amber hue, small, white, light head that leaves quickly and gives little to no lacing.

S - Light smell with light hoppiness, some elements of sweet corn and florals.

T - Simple clean taste, that finishes sweet with elements of rose and a little citrus as well. Also finishes with a slight bitterness that is pleasant.

M - Crisp mouthfeel with carbonation that compliments taste perfectly. Medium bodied and slightly creamy feel. Great mouthfeel.

D - A refreshing brew that is delightfully simple. As stated earlier the bitterness is initially pleasant, however it seemed to wear on me after awhile. Nonetheless the taste was still pleasing. Very drinkable and would definitely have another to refresh.

Photo of Rob6852
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer came in a 12 oz. brown twist top bottle.
Poured a Golden-amber hue with minimal head and lacing.
This beers' dominant smell is of citric and hops .
For a person used to drinking stouts this was a refreshing turnabout. The taste of this beer is hoppy but not overly dominated by them. The malts even things out but the hops definatly dominate this fine brew. Leaves the mouth dry at the end waiting for the next drink.
I'm not really big on hops but am learning to enjoy them. This beer
may make a hop lover out of me yet.
I can drink several of these in a sitting and not feel overpowered by
them.
A damn fine beer.

Photo of iwantmorehops
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had to revisit this one as it had been a few years since my last one. I never thought it was particularly remarkable, but it gets so much praise on the forums here that it was time for another shot. A nice golden orange color with a small head, not much retention a tad of lacing. Smells not overly exciting, but its good, a little citrus and pine and some bready malt. Taste follows the smell with a very mild hoppy bitterness and a hint of citrus. Pretty carbonated and a nice light mouthfeel. Very easy drinking beer, a great intro to craft, and unlikely to offend anyone. Not my favorite APA, but certainly one I'll keep buying for a long time.

One note the first bottle I had I drank pretty quickly on a hot day and wasn't impressed at all, the next one was allowed to warm up a tad and the aroma and flavors were dramatically improved. Don't drink your pale ales straight out of the fridge or you wont taste anything.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a bright golden hue and settles into a slightly darker yellow with a puffy white cloud of head and just the right amount of retention.

S: Aroma is lightly malty with crisp sweetness, just a touch of yeastiness and has some lingering hop bitterness with citrus and pine notes.

T/M: A medium to high amount of carbonation and a bright, brilliant body. Some slight bitterness is introduced up front followed by a refreshing bit of citrus hop and a biscuity, pilsner-like finish.

Not exactly a complex brew, but very revitalizing; the ideal pale ale. This is the go-to beer when you want something light.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SNPA... Snuh Puhhh... In my experience, one of the most readily available brews to be found in bars outside of Bud Miller and Coors.
Quite the change up from the common three.
This actually has color, aroma, and quite a backbone when it comes to flavor. This one spits in the face of all that is typical macro flavor.
This brew has balls.
Big ones.
It's not afraid to jiggle them.
SNPA isn't my favorite beverage... the bitterness that lives there isn't for me. But I like knowing that it's out there.
Kind of like the drunken irishman that will beat the hell out of the frat boy that gets out of line.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a pint glass. This one s a pale golden straw color with lots of visible carbonation about an inch of pillowy white head.

This one has a grainy malt aroma with a little bit of candied citrus in the aroma. This lacks a good hop aroma though, it's there and it's piney but it's not what I would expect. The hops are more present on the pallet. Start to finish it has a nice piney hop aroma with a nice grainy malt body. Really a solid brew.

Nice light and crisp body on this one. The carbonation is a bit sharp on this one though. Overall a solid brew that I've had countless times. Really a good brew that I'll continue to buy.

Photo of TheBear11D
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle

Pours a clear golden orangish yellow color with plenty of visual carbonation. The creamy nearly white head has hardly changed since the pour (roughly 10 minutes) and leaves layers of lacing.

Citrus is easily the most noticeable of the aromas thanks to the hops, but there is some caramel that also stands out.

The citrus hops are toned down a bit in the flavor from the aroma although they are still present. Malt is also noticeable in the flavor.

Medium to thin body with plenty of carbonation.

Pretty drinkable and worth having again.

Photo of Gatch
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ The Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, MA. Finally reviewing the quintessential craft beer & Pale Ale.

A: Copper-amber in color with a nice, off-white head. A bit of lace but no retention.

S: Malty, spicy and roasty with a hint of hops. More of an Amber/Red nose.

T: Big, pale malt, subtle hops. This is a true Pale Ale. Almost seems more English than American. I was surprised how un-hoppy it actually is. Earthy, spicy, hearty.

M: Plenty of carbonation, good flavor and body, and easy to drink.

O: The beer that started it all. I got away from it for many years and this reminds me why. Good beer but it just doesn't have the flavor I'm looking for. To each their own. A great gateway brew for any novice craft beer drinker.

Photo of cabelgabel
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer many times, but never reviewed it. I feel like the introduction of this beer represents a contribution to the American craft brewing scene, and thus needs to be considered in the context of its time and place and not next to Three Floyds Alpha King, Big A IPA, Maharaja, and other beers that likely wouldn't exist without Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Appearance is fairly classic APA - orangey, bright, and sparkling. Only one finger of foam which was retained fairly well and left some lacing.

Odor is very lightly estery hop aroma.

Taste is light (relative to some of the other APAs I mentioned above) hippiness, and pleasingly light bitterness.

In my mouth, it is just slightly sticky, which I've come to associate with APAs.

This beer is highly drinkable; I could drink these all night.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color. Poured with a two finger puffy white head that dissipated slowly. Light lacing.

S : Citrus hops up front. Biscuity malts and a pleasing lightly sweet caramel note.

T: Crisp citrus; orange flavor plus lemon peel. Floral and spice hop flavors.

M: Medium body. Nicely balanced with sufficient carbonation.

D: Decent APA. Frankly, some are better, but some are worse. Where choices might be limited, this would be a solid choice.

Photo of jamescain
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass

Appearance: Light brown with a white head about two fingers thick that slowly fades into a thin lacing over the top of the beer

Aroma: Slight hint of piney and citrus hops breaking through the malty background.

Taste: Moderate hopping provides a hint of citrus and a bitter finish, but the taste is mostly malty and toffee like.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation dry finish and easy to drink. Enjoyable and refreshing.

Overall: It’s a good beer. It’s affordable, available, and tasty. This is my go too beer if we’re having people over for a party because I can grab a bunch for guest and myself. It’s also often the only craft beer at a BMC bar besides SA and I don’t always want a lager.

Photo of dbmernin83
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this beer out straight out of the bottle, as I've had it many times before. I know, every beer deserves to be drank from a glass, but sometimes, a beer just suits the vessel it arrives to you in and is perfect from it.
The stout, green-labeled bottle sweats (everything looks better wet) obviously out of fear/nervousness while it awaits its undoing
A chilled fog "genies" its way out of the bottle and I inhale it. Grassy, piney hops and biscuity malts.
A hop PING! with a malt SWANG!. This beer is delicious. Balanced, flavorful, and refreshing. A go-to in ANY sistuation, especially after they start canning (everyone likes it in the can).
Cower in shame Budweiser, this is America's REAL king of beers.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,880 ratings.